Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowships

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (UKMC) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is a two-year program and accepts one applicant each year. Patients are seen both at the UKMC and at the VAMC. The VAMC is a fully integrated Dean’s Committee Hospital that is physically contiguous with the UKMC and can be accessed from most locations within the UKMC in less than five minutes.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is actively involved in all areas of academic practice, including clinical care, education and research. Specific clinical programs have been developed and are ongoing in major aortic surgery, valve repair and valve replacements, TAVR, mitral valve repair techniques, mitraclips, intraoperative echocardiography, cardiac assist devices, ECMO, and heart and lung transplantation. The Division is also expanding into FORGUT surgery program in addition to minimally-invasive surgery for lung and esophageal malignancy, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).


Each year, thoracic surgery residents generally rotate every three months between two services:

  1. General Thoracic Surgery Service
  2. Cardiac Surgery Service

While on these services, thoracic surgery residents are involved in all of the daily clinical and educational aspects of the service. The resident accompanies faculty on patient rounds, assists on and performs operations, participates in the pre- and post-operative care of patients, and attends conferences. 

Weekly Conferences:

  • Morbidity & Mortality (M & M's) Meeting
  • CT Surgery Division Meeting
  • Heart Transplant/VAD 
  • Adult Cardiac Catheterization
  • Foundations of CT Surgery
  • Advanced Cardiothoracic Seminar
  • Lung Transplant 
  • Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer 
  • Cardiovascular Grand Rounds

Monthly Conference:

  • Journal Club - 3rd Wednesday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The first year is a clinical year. We currently have a PLA arrangement with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital for a one month rotation. The year provides exposure to general thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery, cardiac and lung transplantation and straightforward adult cardiac surgery.

In the second year, the Fellow serves as the Chief Resident and junior attending for the division CT Surgery Service. There is gradual and graded escalation of clinical responsibility to the point that the Senior Fellow is capable of handling all forms of complex cardiac, lung, esophageal and vascular surgical problems. It is expected that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will achieve certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Selection to the fellowship is done through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, copies of the ABSITE and board scores, and a completed universal application. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Start date: August 1
End date: June 30
Applications are reviewed in January and February.

Direct Inquiries to:

Sibu Saha, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Residency Education Programs


Olivia Turner
Residency Program Coordinator
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery